Glenn welcomes team back

Updated: August 6, 2003, 11:35 PM ET

LARAMIE, Wyo. -- New head coach Joe Glenn welcomed the Cowboys back for fall camp Wednesday and said his players didn't seem to miss a beat since spring training.

As his players ended a two-hour practice, Glenn turned up "Cowboy Joe" -- Wyoming's fight song -- on his car stereo from next to the fields.

"We're all excited to be going, players and coaches alike," Glenn said. "It's a new beginning and it's a great feeling.

The Cowboys have scheduled 29 practices leading up to their Aug. 30 opener against Montana State. The first practice included seven-on-seven, nine-on-seven, team and individual drills.

About 100 players turned out.

"Everyone came back in good shape," said junior linebacker Guy Tuell, of Yuma, Colo. "We've all been here this summer. Everybody put in the time and we are ready to go.

"Defense-wise we know we have to step it up. I believe we all felt the urgency today. We have taken the challenge and we are ready for it."

Sophomore offensive tackle Dan Fisher, of Gering, Neb., said he had a fun practice. "I can't wait for the season," he said. "It's going to be a new experience."

Traditionally the squad runs after practice. But Glenn offered a challenge: If three defensive linemen could all run a "fly" pattern and catch a long pass from the quarterbacks, the team would not have to run.

Senior end Brandon Casavan, of Grand Forks, N.D., junior nose guard Zach Morris, of Denver, and junior end Anthony Jones, of Lithonia, Ga., were selected as receivers. All three caught the ball to the cheers of the entire squad.

"These guys have worked hard and they deserve to have success," Glenn said. "I'm especially pleased with the seniors. We are leaning on those guys. They are very, very involved. They have been through a lot and they deserve more. We want them to go out with a great feeling."

A new NCAA rule limits the number of two-a-day practices a team can hold. The Cowboys will have five days of single practices before their first double-practice day Monday.

"I think it is good for the game," Glenn said. "Two-a-days, day-after-day, can be too much. We still get 29 practices. This plan gives the kids much more chance to rebound, mentally and physically."

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